Topic: northwest territories

Persistent raven's visit to Inuvik woman's window serves up a scare

'I was so scared I went to grab a hammer, or my meat hammer, to bang on the wall and I was panicking and I grabbed a potato masher,' says Tanya Gruben.

OPINION | Candidates promise change, but who's ready to fight for it?

How does a member of the N.W.T. Legislative Assembly make a stand without putting their career on the line? How do you stand alone on an issue when main priorities in the assembly are determined by consensus? 

A 'work of art': Amateur fossil hunter discovers stunning cephalopod in N.W.T.

Jenna Bremmer is no stranger to collecting fossils — but even she was surprised by this one. Goniatite cephalopods like the one Bremmer found lived between 400 and 250 million years ago.
Riding Profile

Yellowknife North race for MLA is extremely online

Three very different candidates are making their pitch to social media — and on the doorsteps of three very different neighbourhoods.

'Last of her generation': Gwich'in elder Annie Norbert remembered for love of storytelling

Annie Norbert was an excellent embroidery sewer and storyteller, and is considered one of the last of her generation who grew up on the land.

Unusable jet fuel sent to 3 N.W.T. communities on Arctic coast

Fuel that did not meet specification was sent to Paulatuk, Ulukhaktok and Sachs Harbour. Now, the communities have enough jet fuel for emergencies and medevacs.

What does reconciliation look like in Yellowknife? Residents meet to discuss issue

It could take many forms, including addictions support, better education, or the creation of a sacred space downtown.

Missing man in Yellowknife found safe

Christopher Blake was reported missing on Thursday. RCMP say he's been found safe.

'Madame Linda' exploring the science behind the sixth sense in Hay River

Longtime Hay River resident Linda Duford is hoping to demystify extrasensory perception (ESP) and psychic phenomenon with her talk 'Science and the Sixth Sense.'
NWT VOTES 2019

N.W.T. candidates listen up: Yellowknife teens have something to say

Ahead of the Oct. 1 Northwest Territories election, CBC News spoke to high school students in Yellowknife about the issues that matter to them, and what adults don’t understand about their cohort.

Affidavit provides new details about huge booze bust in Yellowknife apartment

Recently filed court documents provide some insight into what the RCMP described as likely the largest liquor seizure in ever in the Northwest Territories.

Inuvialuit knowledge helps mariners choose wildlife-friendly routes in Western Arctic

Shipping through waters in the Western Arctic is expected to double over the next decade. The Inuvialuit Game Council and WWF-Canada want to make sure mariners can make smart choices when it comes to wildlife and harvesting areas.

Inuvik council votes down proposed RCMP duplexes on Carmichael Drive

The street is currently populated solely with single-family dwellings. Residents came out to council in droves earlier this week to express their concerns that modular units won’t fit in with what’s already there.
NWT VOTES 2019

O'Reilly, Ramsay spar over social issues in Frame Lake debate

Candidates from Yellowknife's Frame Lake riding took part in a wide-ranging debate Tuesday night, discussing topics from Yellowknife's downtown to a universal basic income.

Multi-million dollar national Inuit health survey to be led by Inuit, for Inuit

Much of the information currently used to guide Inuit health programs and policies is out of date, and the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami hopes to change that with an ambitious new project.

Some N.W.T. incumbents still using their MLA social media accounts

Social media plays a part of most election campaigns, but there are few rules in the N.W.T. governing incumbent candidates’ use of Facebook and Twitter accounts they used in their role as MLAs.

Ottawa's new Arctic policy has lofty goals, but few details on how to reach them, critics say

The federal government's new Arctic strategy lists health, infrastructure and economic development at the top, with calls to end poverty, eradicate hunger and eliminate homelessness, but it includes few details on how it plans to do all that.

Former officers call on RCMP top brass to do more to recruit, retain Inuit members

For the past 15 years, the number of Inuit RCMP in Nunavut has dwindled to two out of 131 officers, while the force has failed to recruit a single new Inuk member.

Tip leads to large alcohol seizure on Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway

RCMP received a tip on Friday about a vehicle bound for Tuktoyaktuk that was transporting alcohol.

Future of Aurora College takes centre stage at Fort Smith candidates forum

Louis Sebert, Frieda Martselos, Don Jaque and Denise Yuhas all say, if elected, they’ll make sure Fort Smith is the education capital of the Northwest Territories.

UK-based company hopes to offer 'fibre-like' internet through satellites to Arctic

A UK-based telecommunications company is targeting communities above the 60th parallel as the first to be brought online in its mission to create a global high-speed network.

New federal Arctic policy includes focus on health, environment, infrastructure

The lengthy document, released by the Department of Crown-Indigenous Relations, proposes eight priorities, with health, infrastructure and economic development at the top.
Point of View

I got my online ballot, then my registration was rejected — here's what went wrong

I thought they had taken away my vote. Turns out, I had just confused the system.
Riding Profile

Frame Lake candidates offering choice on future of N.W.T. economy

Former industry minister Dave Ramsay hand-picked this riding for his clear contrast with Kevin O’Reilly, who believes in diversifying the economy away from resources.

Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway sign blunder drove up cost by 43%, emails show

The N.W.T. Infrastructure Department had problems with signs informing drivers of where they were entering and leaving private Inuvialuit lands, where caribou hunting is banned, and where tags are required to hunt big game.

Meet the woman who has fostered more than 250 children

Tammy Roberts is nominated for a national award for her work in the Northwest Territories over nearly three decades.

Neighbours renew call for 24-hour security at Yellowknife's sobering, day centre

A neighbour of Yellowknife’s downtown sobering and day centre is renewing her call for full-time security at the facility, after a man who was assaulted outside the centre died. 

Former Yellowknife high school coach facing sexual assault charge

A former Yellowknife girl’s high school basketball coach is accused of sex crimes involving a student at the school where he coached.
In Depth

In his own words: Bob McLeod reflects on time as N.W.T. premier

McLeod spoke with CBC News for a wide-ranging exit interview, reflecting about his time in politics, some of his achievements, and where he sees the future of the Northwest Territories.

'Extremely frustrating': Resident unsure what's next following Yellowknife apartment fire

Though Sunday's fire at the Crestview Manor apartment building in Yellowknife appears to be minor, it's left residents feeling anxious about whether they can return.

Leaving home: Northern students flock south in pursuit of higher education

Fall is a time of migration in the North. It's especially true for young people leaving home to study in Southern Canada for the first time. CBC's Trailbreaker caught up with a few of them as they started settling in.

Yellowknife musician bids farewell to Reuben and the Dark bandmates

Shea Alain sat down with The Trailbreaker host, Loren McGinnis, to talk about his decision to end the chapter on his time with the successful folk-indie band and discuss what's on the horizon.

N.W.T.'s record wildfire season in 2014 tipping point for boreal forest, says study

A new study from Wilfrid Laurier University suggests the Canadian boreal forest is no longer a carbon sink, and links the phenomenon to climate change.
Analysis

Eight ridings to watch in the Northwest Territories' election

Nominations have closed in the 2019 N.W.T. territorial election — here are the races we think you should watch.

Travellers scramble as Dempster Highway remains closed in Yukon

Staff at the Eagle Plains Hotel are 'racking and stacking' guests to ensure people have a place to stay. The Dempster Highway has been closed since Wednesday.
Analysis

'Passionate' outgoing premier Bob McLeod leaves behind complicated legacy

Current and former political leaders say McLeod offered a steady hand during turbulent times, but his critics say the premier just kept the territory afloat.

'It's heart-wrenching': Fort Smith woman monitors family facing Hurricane Dorian

The Northwest Territories may be sheltered from hurricanes, but for one woman in Fort Smith, Hurricane Dorian has hit close to home. 
NWT Votes 2019

N.W.T. Premier Bob McLeod will not seek re-election

Bob McLeod, the N.W.T.'s first two-term premier since the territory's government moved from Ottawa to the North, has confirmed he will not run for re-election.
NWT Votes 2019

Rules of the game: What can and can't candidates do while campaigning?

With the 2019 N.W.T. election campaign in full swing, candidates are beginning their campaigns in earnest. We take a look at what they can and can't do, from financial contributions to door-knocking hours.

Circumstances around Hay River trail death not suspicious, N.W.T. coroner rules

RCMP received a call around 1:15 p.m. Saturday regarding an unresponsive man on a trail near Riverview Drive.

NDP plan to acclaim Inuvik's Mary Beckett as candidate for N.W.T.

Thursday's announcement rounds out the list of candidates for the five national parties — the NDP, the Greens, the Conservatives, the Liberals and the People's Party of Canada.
NWT Votes 2019

Don't lose focus on the economy, private sector pleads N.W.T. candidates

The next N.W.T. government may be the last one to begin and end their terms with the territory's diamond mines operating, leaving the future of the economy front and centre in the minds of many business owners and operators.

Filing for compensation from the Giant Mine cleanup? You have 3 weeks

People claiming compensation for expenses resulting from the cleanup of Giant Mine have three weeks to explain why they should be compensated and how much they should get.

Police in Fort Simpson, N.W.T., investigate break-ins at post office, golf course

Police say mail parcels are believed to be missing after an alleged break-in at the Fort Simpson post office over the long weekend, and are also investigating an incident at the community's golf course early Wednesday morning.
NWT Votes 2019

Why they run: Candidates on why N.W.T. politics needs more women

As of Wednesday, 20 women had stated they'd be seeking a seat and 15 of them had filed nomination papers. This is a major leap from the 2015 territorial election, when 10 women ran. In 2011, just nine women sought seats.

Man in critical condition after assault at Yellowknife's sobering centre

A 36-year-old man has been medevaced to Edmonton after an aggravated assault at Yellowknife's Sobering Centre and Day Centre, RCMP said Wednesday.

Federal gov't announces more money for Inuvik airport

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan commits 'up to' $150M over five years to lengthen and modernize the runway at Mike Zubko Airport.

Summer telecommunication outages cost Yellowknife economy $10M, says chamber

Two telecommunication outages in Yellowknife over the summer have cost the local economy close to $10 million, estimates the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce. 
Opinion

The N.W.T. may, finally, be ready for more women in gov't

Traditionally, men have dominated the Northwest Territories legislature, with only two of 19 seats going to women in the 2015 election. However, as Catherine Lafferty writes, the Oct. 1 election could be where we see that change.

N.W.T. sex offender declared dangerous offender in Yellowknife court

A 34-year-old man who raped a girl in Hay River almost six years ago has been declared a dangerous offender, but the judge said it was not necessary to sentence him to prison indefinitely.
NWT Votes 2019

Yellowknife chamber calls on candidates to back university in city, build fibre line

'Vote for Growth' spells out a five-point platform for territorial election candidates.
Video

CBC Saskatchewan News September 03, 2019

Join CBC's Sam Maciag and meteorologist, Christy Climenhaga weeknights at 6 p.m. for a deeper look at the local news you've been following all day on your smartphone and on your radio.

NDP has fewest nominated candidates of five parties in Sask.

With an election call around the corner, the Saskatchewan NDP trail four other parties in nominated candidates.

RCMP investigate sudden death in Hay River

RCMP say they are working with N.W.T. coroner's office in ongoing investigation.

N.W.T. gov't sued over cancelled barge delivery

A Cambridge Bay developer is suing the Northwest Territories government for damages it says it suffered as a result of a cancelled barge delivery last year.

N.W.T. education minister refuses 5 families access to French schools

Late Friday afternoon, Northwest Territories Education Minister Caroline Cochrane rejected applications for five non-rights holder families, four in Yellowknife and one in Hay River.
NWT VOTES 2019

Election season is underway: Here's what you can expect from CBC North

With the territorial election less than a month away, voters are preparing to make one of their most important choices in decades. Here's what you can expect from us: through the campaign to election night and beyond.

Starting school on the right foot: Muslim community donates supplies to Ndilo, Detah students

Students in Ndilo and Detah will be starting the new school year Tuesday with fresh supplies thanks to $10K donation from the Yellowknife Islamic Centre.

Northern adventurer has message of inspiration for teachers

Northern adventurer inspires teachers during Yellowknife Education District No. 1 wellness day talk.

Territorial election campaign in N.W.T. officially underway

Voters will head to the polls in 30 days — and already, some races have a crowded field.
NWT Votes 2019

Here's the final list of who's running in the N.W.T. election

Nominations for the 2019 Northwest Territories election have officially closed, with 58 candidates declaring their candidacy.

'It's been a long time coming': N.W.T., Yukon Indigenous groups celebrate Porcupine caribou agreement

The Porcupine Caribou Native User Agreement sets out how Indigenous groups who use the herd will share the harvest when the number of caribou is low, or the herd bypasses a community.

How an Inuvik woman is helping young Canadians navigate a cancer diagnosis

Ashley Morine felt frightened and alone after her cancer diagnosis in 2017. Now, cancer free, she's part of a national support organization helping young people navigate a life-changing illness.

Meet the man from Zimbabwe working at Łutsël K'é's only café

If you visit the East Arm Café in Łutsël K'é, N.W.T., you might meet Joseph Mukamba. He moved to the community from Yellowknife three years ago, but is originally from Zimbabwe.

19-year-old Kateri Lynn elected to Detah council, takes most votes

Lynn was the youngest candidate to run in the Yellowknives Dene First Nation council elections in Detah and Ndilo.

Accused in fentanyl trial says he never intended to sell drug

A Yellowknife man who, at the start of his trial, pleaded guilty to drug trafficking, says when he bought furanyl fentanyl online he never had any intent to sell it.

Federal and N.W.T. governments to improve fuel storage capacity in North

The Canadian and Northwest Territories governments have committed funding toward increasing fuel storage in the territory, which they say will help mitigate the impact of natural disasters like wildfires. 

Merged Canadian North airline announces new passenger schedule

A new flight schedule has been announced by the new airline created by the merger between Canadian North and First Air. 

Yellowknife's sobering, day centre needs more programs, better services, report states

A program evaluation of Yellowknife's joint sobering and day centre in downtown Yellowknife looked at how things are currently done at the centre, the program's strengths and challenges, and how effective it is. 

Yellowknife RCMP officer used 'reasonable actions' during arrest: review

An administrative review has cleared a Yellowknife officer of wrongdoing in an incident that happened on Feb. 19 in Yellowknife when Randy Allen was arrested for theft and drunk driving.

Stanton Territorial Hospital Foundation receives $2M anonymous donation

An anonymous donor as made a $2M donation to the Stanton Territorial Hospital, specifically to improve delivery of mental health services for children and youth.

New MLAs need new vision to advance self-gov't in N.W.T., leaders say

The territorial government has earned a reputation for hindering negotiations. Could a new assembly be any better?

No sign of permanent damage after Yellowknife woman's opioid overdose, doctor says at trial

The woman complained of pain and numbness the day after she overdosed — but the doctor said she found no signs of permanent damage.

Yellowknife's housing market slows as economic slump looms on the horizon: CMHC

The CMHC released its annual report on housing in Canada's North, and it appears concerns about an economic slowdown in the Northwest Territories is having an effect on Yellowknife's housing market.

Man living in N.W.T. community faces child pornography charges

Mario Laplante, 62, of Ontario, has been charged with possession of child pornography and making child pornography available.

Opioid trial delves into digital tools used in alleged drug trafficking

Police seized a laptop they allege 24-year-old Darcy Oake used to order furanyl fentanyl on the dark web.

N.W.T. gov't facing lawsuit over health privacy breaches

Lawyer Steven Cooper says three firms will launch a lawsuit to seek damages from the Northwest Territories government over a series of breaches they say affected an estimated 10,000 people.

Delays in signing protected areas agreement could cost K'asho Got'ine government $1M

If the agreement is not signed before the territorial election, the next chance likely won't happen until the new year, said Stephen Kakfwi, one of the negotiators who helped create the protected area.

'Dancing how our ancestors would've': Tlicho youth join elders at on-the-land gathering

Tlicho youth gathered with elders for an elders conference near Wekweeti, N.W.T.

Deadly effects of fentanyl almost impossible for users to detect: Toxicologist

A former chief toxicologist for Alberta testified Monday in the trial of a 24-year-old man who is charged with criminal negligence causing bodily harm for supplying furanyl fentanyl to a woman who overdosed.

Inuvik man who claimed self-defence found guilty of killing polar bear without tag

A judge has ruled that Justin Elias, who killed a polar bear on an isolated island 148 kilometres from Inuvik, N.W.T., cannot claim self-defence because he got himself into the life-or-death situation.

Judge sends repeat sex offender back to Tuktoyaktuk despite lack of treatment

The Northwest Territories newest judge was faced with a challenge N.W.T. judges have been confronting for decades — what to do with offenders with intellectual disabilities who return to small communities where there’s no treatment to reduce their risk of hurting others.

Nunavut RCMP investigate stabbing of 2 Taloyoak dogs

Nunavut RCMP are investigating an apparent stabbing of two dogs in Taloyoak, and are asking for witnesses to come forward.

Man arrested after windows smashed with hammer at Hay River mall

A 55-year-old man was arrested after 11 window panes were smashed at the Godwin Mall in Hay River, N.W.T.

N.W.T.'s waste management strategy good start but needs funds, says advocate

The N.W.T. government's recently-released waste management strategy is an encouraging start, but needs actual dollars behind it in order to really be effective, according to an environmental advocate in the territory.
Photos

Your North: Best reader photos for the week of August 19

As August rolls along, cloud formations, the return of the aurora, and a 'smoking' squirrel highlight your best photos from across the North.
Point of View

What it's like camping in Canada's newest national park Thaidene Nëné

CBC North reporter Emily Blake travelled to Fort Resolution and Łutsël K'é, N.W.T., for celebrations and the signing of final agreements establishing Thaidene Nëné National Park Reserve. It was her first time visiting those communities.

More batty visitors in the N.W.T? Northerners on social media think so

Some northerners have been saying they've seen more bats in the territory than usual. The N.W.T.'s resident bat expert is not so sure.

Virginia survivalist wins 6th season of Alone, filmed in N.W.T.

Jordan Jonas of Lynchburg, Virginia, outlasted nine other contestants living off the land around Great Slave Lake's East Arm.
Video

CBC Igalaaq August 23, 2019

Viewers from Nunavut and the Northwest Territories are kept up to date by daily current events and news from the Inuit world

N.W.T. Housing Corp. building 45 rental units for RCMP members

The housing corporation first floated the idea in 2016 after the federal government told the RCMP it would be phasing out housing in five N.W.T. communities.

RCMP seize 100 bottles of alcohol entering Whatì

RCMP said they intercepted 104 bottles of alcohol that were en route to the N.W.T. community on Aug. 10 and July 22.

'Historic event': Groundbreaking marks start of Tlicho all-season road construction

The official groundbreaking on the Tlicho all-season road to Whatı̀ took place on Saturday in the N.W.T. community.

N.W.T. releases plan to protect Bathurst caribou, but some fear it's too late

After years of compromise, discussion and debate, a range plan to protect the dwindling Bathurst caribou herd's lands from overdevelopment was approved by the Northwest Territories government this week.

What Canada's newest national park will mean for young people in the North

People across the Northwest Territories are celebrating Thaidene Nëné National Park Reserve and say Canada's newest national park is especially important for young people.

'I did it every day': Woman testifies about opioid overdose in Yellowknife

The woman was testifying in the trial of Darcy Oake, the 24-year-old man who supplied her with the drugs. He has already pleaded guilty to trafficking fentanyl.

Restrictions lifted on bear hunting in Aklavik, after 5 destroyed in 1 week

Days are numbered for bears accustomed to feeding at Aklavik’s dump as some restrictions are lifted for local harvesters.

Yellowknife RCMP release images of possible Old Town assault suspect

RCMP described the suspect as a six-foot-tall man with a wide, muscular build and a blond buzz cut.

New curriculum panel will help Alberta schools return to 'essential skills,' province says

The Alberta government has appointed an independent panel of experts to help develop new school curriculum across the province, Education Minister Adriana LaGrange announced Thursday.

N.W.T. health officials using dating apps to combat syphilis outbreak

A 'dramatic increase' in syphilis rates since the beginning of 2019 has led to the N.W.T.'s chief public health officer to declare an outbreak of the STI in the territory.